13 June, 2015

National Flag day in the USA

Today’s session of the Gabfest Club at the "Window on America" Dnipropetrovsk / Ukraine was dedicated to the National Flag day in the USA. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. Many people in the United States honor this day by displaying the American flag at homes and public buildings.
This year the group focused on the history of the Flag and the background of Betsy Ross. We watched a slide show about the important facts from the US history. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state. This flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes returned to 13. The American flag is nicknamed as “Old Glory”, “stars and stripes” or “star-spangled banner”.
The second part of the session was dedicated to topic of LGBT civil rights. President Obama has selected June to be LGBT Pride Month. The date commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots in which police raided the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay club. On civil rights progress, “our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,” said President Obama in one of his announcement.

The group was introduced to the Rainbow flag (the symbol of the LGBT movement) and shared the ideas about LGBT community in Ukraine.
Number of participants – 21 persons.
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